Some people equate vacation with stress. Between the planning, packing, logistics of travel, and making sure it’s paid for – you are physically & mentally ready for a break. When you check into your hotel, you are too wound up to relax. But it shouldn’t be that way. It’s time to reclaim your vacation! Here are eight tips to help you relax and enjoy your vacation every single time.
How to Decompress on Vacation
A Room With a View
Start by taking a little bit of time to make your hotel reservation. Don’t skim the room descriptions– read them thoroughly before you book one. Please take a look at all the hotel rooms and their perspective views. For example, a room with a beautiful picture can go a long way to help you enjoy your vacation. Imagine how you will feel if it takes your breath away each time you look out the window. Call the hotel if you have specific questions about amenities, elevator location, etc.… Remember, a lovely room improves your mood, giving you the best chance to enjoy your vacation.
Pay in Advance
Many people don’t go on vacation because they think it’s expensive. I learned this tip firsthand. I realized my husband could relax more, knowing we weren’t coming back home to a bunch of bills. So now, I try to pay for the large ticket items (travel and accommodations) well in advance. I’ve even paid for a cruise in installments up to 6 months before travel, so it wasn’t a substantial financial burden we had to think about during the trip…
But Stay in the Moment
Take this opportunity to unplug from social media. Limit the amount of eye strain by watching less TV and other electronic devices like cell phones, laptops, and readers. Notice I didn’t say avoid them. Unfortunately, some people feel more stressed about going cold turkey. If you’re one of these people, take baby steps toward total deprivation. Leave your phone in your room when you go to breakfast. Or take a mental note instead of a selfie now and then.
Settle In for a Good Time
Take the contents out of your luggage and put them away. Place your toothbrush and toothpaste in the bathroom. And store your luggage in the closet, away from view. Unpacking will help you relax and finish the act of traveling which often adds to the stress of vacation.
Travel is unpredictable. You can’t count on everything always working out. And when this happens, you’ve got to go with the flow. Make sure you have a backup plan if the weather turns, the ferry breaks down, or you miss a connection. When you research tours and excursions, could you pay attention to their reliability? You may also want to consider travel insurance– just in case.
Don’t Over-do It
Don’t over-plan, over-pack, or over-spend. People on vacation can easily overdo it. And by “it,” I mean everything. Don’t make too many plans, bring more stuff than you need, or spend money you don’t have. To enjoy your vacation, you need to keep it simple. The idea is to unload the baggage you’re already carrying.
Get Your Snack On
Sometimes anxiety arises when we leave our comfort zone. One of the best ways to conquer this is to bring a comforting snack to enjoy. In addition, make sure you try the local foods and drinks. Head to a restaurant or lounge for a snack, drink, or meal. You want to enjoy your vacation, so avoid anything that could make you anxious or lethargic such as over-indulging.
Don’t wait; get a massage, manicure, or pedicure as soon as you arrive. Any treatment that involves the senses (sight, touch, smell, sound, or smell) will help you relax and enjoy your vacation sooner. When we were in Thailand, my husband got an aromatherapy massage in the morning and again at night. Although this routine might sound excessive, it helped him get a good night’s sleep which is also very important while on vacation.
Above all else- take cues from your body and give it what it needs to return home physically and mentally refreshed.
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